Fabio Vittorio De Blasio is a physicist and geologist who currently holds a research position at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy. He has been the recipient of many fellowships and has held the post of professor under contract at Oslo University and visiting scientist at the Sapienza University of Rome. In the 1990s, his research interests were in the fields of nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics, but from 2000 onward his focus shifted toward the Earth Sciences, and especially the study of natural hazards and fluid dynamics as applied to geophysical problems. Since 2008, he has become more interested in the planetary sciences and the surface morphology of terrestrial planets. At present, he is studying the geomorphology of Mars and also examining meteoroid impacts and other features on icy planets, including the moons Iapetus and Europa. He has authored more than 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as two technical books and three popular science books.
This slender volume offers a useful, quick study on Mars. ... The book is richly illustrated in both black and white and color. It is written in an accessible style that is thoroughly peppered with fact after fact; De Blasio offers plenty to intrigue readers about one of Earth's closest neighbors. (P. K. Strother, Choice, Vol. 56 (10), June, 2019)